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    Quote Originally Posted by Strong-Dog View Post
    Huh. Very interesting. So if I get my hands on some nitro and find the proper ratio, I could ass it right to my tank. Maybe one day ill try
    Just like you have to make special provisions to run E85 (different fuel lines, seals, etc) I'm sure you'd have to have nitro-resistant components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defenestrate View Post
    Then you would be a rolling bomb.
    Yeah, I don't really know anything about this but it sure sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to happen, to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbuzbee View Post
    Yeah, I don't really know anything about this but it sure sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to happen, to me.

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    Early flamethrowers, before they started using gelling agents and well-tested flame guards, were basically pressurized air + gasoline or similar. They worked okay until the tank heated up too much or the safeties at the tip failed, then they turned into fireballs, killing most anyone too close by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defenestrate View Post

    More practical, for gunpowder, a turbine, perhaps? The explosive power of gunpowder is really best used to do a lot of work very quickly, as in firearms and more recently, nail guns. That power has to go somewhere and it would take a complicated apparatus to store all that energy effectively, not to mention the wear on parts, which could be engineered for but not likely hold up long in constant use. I think the idea is interesting in a steampunk kinda way, but not very pragmatic.
    Your comments reminded me of this video.


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    Maybe a giant Estes rocket motor array???

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    Interesting video remnar, thanks for sharing.

    Two things about the video, if they get a crack in that fuel pellet the increase in burn rate might cause it to explode and if their pressure relief plug pusshed all the way out the power would not go out. Black powder has it's own supply of oxygen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinetreebbs View Post
    Interesting video remnar, thanks for sharing.

    Two things about the video, if they get a crack in that fuel pellet the increase in burn rate might cause it to explode and if their pressure relief plug pusshed all the way out the power would not go out. Black powder has it's own supply of oxygen.
    Rapidly increased surface area will definitely do that
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    That's a pretty cool way to handle it. Of course, a self-feeding gunpowder-based fuse would probably work better and more safely, so long as you have some kind of self-extinguish mechanism. Making a rig large enough to drive a car would be a very interesting project. Have read about some Soviet DIY wood double burner heat engines running cars, but I don't have plans avaipable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clip View Post
    Rapidly increased surface area will definitely do that
    Yes indeed. Growing up in California we could not buy firecrackers for the Fourth of July, my favorite holiday. They did sell sparklers, a huge fire hazard, fountains etc and a thing called a Piccolo Peat that used escaping gas to make a really loud scream or whistling sound. The propellent was a cast into the tube. With a pair of vice grips it could be modified to increase the burn rate and exceeded the strength of the tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinetreebbs View Post
    Yes indeed. Growing up in California we could not buy firecrackers for the Fourth of July, my favorite holiday. They did sell sparklers, a huge fire hazard, fountains etc and a thing called a Piccolo Peat that used escaping gas to make a really loud scream or whistling sound. The propellent was a cast into the tube. With a pair of vice grips it could be modified to increase the burn rate and exceeded the strength of the tube.
    Ahh yes, the exploding pete. The modern piccolo petes are much safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remnar View Post
    Ahh yes, the exploding pete. The modern piccolo petes are much safer.
    They always manage to outlaw fun, spoilsports! Just another reason I like living in South Carolina, fireworks are sold all year long, even mortar shells.
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